quote by Harper Lee

Atticus told me to delete the adjectives and I'd have the facts.

— Harper Lee

Exciting Atticus quotations

Summer, and he watches his children's heart break.

Autumn again and Boo's children needed him. Atticus was right. One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them. Just standing on the Radley porch was enough.

Ladies bathed before noon, after their three o'clock naps, and by nightfall were like soft teacakes with frostings of sweat and sweet talcum.

Some negroes lie, some are immoral, some negro men are not be trusted around women - black and white. But this is a truth that applies to the human race and to no particular race of men.

You rarely win, but sometimes you do.

This time we aren't fighting the Yankees, we're fighting our friends.

But remember this, no matter how bitter things get, they're still our friends and this is still our home.

There are some men in this world who are born to do our unpleasant jobs for us.

Your father's one of them.

Why reasonable people go stark raving mad when anything involving a Negro comes up, is something I don't pretend to understand.

It’s never an insult to be called what somebody thinks is a bad name.

It just shows you how poor that person is, it doesn’t hurt you.

That proves something- that a gang of wild animals can be stopped, simply because they're still human.

There are just some kind of men…who’re so busy worrying about the next world they’ve never learned to live in this one.

hold your head high and keep those fists down - Atticus Finch

I was born good but had grown progressively worse every year. Scout

Bad language is a stage all children go through, and it dies with time when they learn they're not attracting attention with it.

Atticus, he was real nice. Most people are, Scout, when you finally see them.

Best way to clear the air is to have it all out in the open.

I'm no idealist to believe firmly in the integrity of our courts and in the jury system - that is no ideal to me, it is a living, working reality.

Atticus had said it was the polite thing to talk to people about what they were interested in, not about what you were interested in.

Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win.

No worries, Atticus. I will snarf surreptitiously. And I should get bacon, because my adverb was two syllables longer than yours, plus a bonus for alliteration." I grinned. "It's a deal. You're the best hound ever.

Oh. Oberon looked at me. I know that has to make you sad. But call to me instead, Atticus. I'll always answer. Your fly has been open all this time, by the way, and Granuaile hasn't said a thing. Thanks, buddy, I said silently as I tried to surreptitiously zip up my jeans. See? I got your back AND your front. I deserve a treat.

I know now what he was trying to do, but Atticus was only a man.

It takes a woman to do that kind of work.

Jen and I were accustomed to our father's last-will-and-testament diction, and were at times free to interrupt Atticus for a translation when it was beyond our understanding.

There is one way in this country in which all men are created equal—there is one human institution that makes a pauper the equal of a Rockefeller, the stupid man the equal of an Einstein, and the ignorant man the equal of any college president. That institution, gentlemen, is the court.

I say guilt, gentlemen, because it was guilt that motivated her.

She has committed no crime, she has merely broken a rigid and time-honored code of our society.

I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what. - Atticus Finch

My little son, Atticus, desperately needs his dad and I haven't been there for him... and that's sad.

Atticus said to Jem one day, I’d rather you shot at tin cans in the backyard, but I know you’ll go after birds. Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird. That was the only time I ever heard Atticus say it was a sin to do something, and I asked Miss Maudie about it. Your father’s right, she said. Mockingbirds don’t do one thing except make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corn cribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.

I literally fell into this business. I never came down one day and said, "Atticus' thought of the day...I want to be an actor!" My mom and I would always read story books out loud together and I loved doing character voices and playing with my voice.

My eldest brother Atticus just won an Oscar some years ago, as he wrote the music for The Social Network.

Atticus Lish is a true original and this is a tremendous book, relentless, moving, written in prose of marvelous integrity. Now that America and the novel are dead, I hope we can have more great American novels as alive as this one.

I cannot find a faithful message-bearer," he wrote to his friend, the scholar Atticus. "How few are they who are able to carry a rather weighty letter without lightening it by reading.

That is a noble idea, though I think it far to generous," Jupiter said.

"Once a decade should be sufficient." "I would rather be too generous than not in such cases." "As you wish." [One day, Atticus was amazed to discover that when Jupiter said, "As you wish," what he really meant was "I love you."]

Hey Atticus, do me a quick favour before we go? its easy.

Sure. What is it? Hold Granuailes staff for just a minute. You know, rest it on the ground so that its like a walking stick or something and the top of it is near your right cheek. Granuaile and I traded weapons to humor him and I stood as instructed. Thats perfect! Now say this like Sir Ian McKellen I am Atticus the White, and I come back to you now at the turn of the tide.

Not everyone can be bribed with meat, Oberon.

" "They Can't? Oh! you mean they're vegetarian." "No, they eat meat. It just doesn't sway their decision making process." "Well that... that's just wrong, Atticus!Are they Monsters? It's like they have no moral center!

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